Police trainees and bins: a claim in the Independent Newspapers notes that trainee police offcers at the Bishop Lavis Training College have been forced to dig for food in dustbins because they are not allowed to bring food into the premises. It’s also claimed that last month their dormitories were sprayed teargas or pepper spray. The papers also claim that some instructors at the college are worried about how they have to break down the recruits. Popcru Western Cape Provincial Secretary, Mncedisi Mbolekwa:
We were shocked when we received this video through our shop stewards. This is inhumane because these trainers are supposed to be training students. Students are just students and they only have three months there and they can't be fabricating this. They were instructed by a racist instructor to dump their food. These police (officers) are supposed to be an example outside, but what will happen if they are treated like this inside? They will be angry and take it out on the community. We are calling for a high-level investigation from the highest office in Pretoria, not from Cape Town!
Spokesperson for the National Police Commissioner, Lt-General Solomon Makgale:
Firstly, we don't have a policy that says our students have to be broken down as a form of discipline at the college. We do, however, have a policy that says students can't bring perishable foods into the college when they come back from weekends away. That the student decided to go back to the bin and eat food that had been thrown away is their choice. It is concerning that when issues such as this arise, they are taken first to the media and not to management to deal with them. If there's truly an issue with tear gas, the students can escalate this. But since this information has come out, we will be investigating. Yesterday, I had a long conversation with the commander that's based in Pretoria and he said he would look into it.
Pistorius ruling to go to SCA: in the High Court in Pretoria, Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that the prosecution can now appeal the verdict she handed down in the Oscar pistoirus trial in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Masipa also explained which aspects of her ruling can now be examined by the SCA. EWN Senior Correspondent, Barry Bateman:
Questions being raised by the state will be taken down to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein and they are raising that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder - dolus eventualis - and that his shooting lead to the death of Reeva Steenkamp. We are looking to probably in the first half of next year, within the next 6 months. Oscar Pistorius is said to be struggling with spending time in prison and while there were reports of special treatment, it is said he isn't getting any special treatment.
Load shedding continued: around the country the risk of load shedding is expected to rise again on Thursday and on Friday, as Eskom carries on with its power station maintenance programme. Gautrain Executive, Errol Braithwaite:
Up until now, we haven't been affected because our trains are powered by two independent feeds that come from a depot. The power does come from Eskom but we have a deal with Eskom that they (the trains) would be shed only in the case of an emergency. We have problems when Eskom power comes back, which has led to damage to our frequencies and networks, due to the power surges. We aren't expected to be affected by load shedding at all, unless there's a serious emergency. We do have contigency with back-up diesel traction and alternatively also putting people into buses close by the various stations. But we do expect to have some fair warning from Eskom.
Leon's look at business vs government: an opinion piece by Former DA Leader, Tony Leon in the Business Day suggests that the current lack of communication between the country’s business elite and our government or the ANC is actually incredibly bad for the country:
It's bad because the absence of dialogue is a concern, given that we are a country that's currently at 1,4% GDP growth when we should be at four or five times that. The private sector is actually the performer in this country and the public sector isn't. Consider that Nelson Mandela not only courted business, but also sought their opinions quite frequently. Mandela sought a wide and diverse range of views in his decision-making process. Business leaders in this country could choose to live anywhere else in the world, but they are here and adding value to this country.
Spotlight on xenophobia: EWN notes that the Somali Embassy in South Africa is now burying four Somalian citizens in South Africa every week as the result of xenophobic attacks. Economic Attache at the Somali Embassy, Yusuf Olusu:
We have a problem with these deaths mainly in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. I can't say it's all South Africans - there are general gang elements and thieves, in the remote parts of townships, and they are very vulnerable for attacks. We also have a problem with documentation and the carrying of cash by our entrepreneurs. We are trying to formalise their business and help them open bank accounts.
Mugabe fires Majuru: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has now formally fired his Vice President Joice Mujuru after she was removed from her position within Zanu PF last week. EWN Zimbabwe Correspondent, Ryan Truscott:
It's interesting that she didn't succumb to pressure to resign, from weeks of pressure by Grace Mugabe. Instead, she waited to be sacked. Zimbabweans stick either by Mugabe's line that she and her allies were corrupt or by the other line of thinking that the corruption wasn't limited just to Majuru. Majuru had also grown in popularity within Zanu-PF. One of the things she stands accused of is creating a new centre of power within the party. I don't think she's going to lodge any court challenge. She says she won't leave Zanu-PF and has said she won't challenge Mugabe's decision.
The CIA exposed: the US's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has now released parts of a report that show how detainees were tortured by the agency. In some cases, people were beaten, in others they were denied sleep for days at a time. One man died from hypothermia after being left in a cell nearly naked for hours, while other people were rectally fed without any medical need for the procedure. US policy expert, Brooks Spector:
It shows that some people in the CIA were torturing some people via any definition you would choose. The CIA did not release the report, but tried to limit it's scope. It came from the US Senate Intellgence Oversight Committee, and that committee spent 5 years writing this report, with the CIA feeding them misleading information throughout this.
Crushing Caledonian: the Tshwane city council has voted to demolish the Caledonian Football Stadium and turn it into an inner city park. General Manager Lucky Manna:
I have no reason, I can't find an answer, there was no consultation. I can only see this as a selfish decision. We are definitely fighting this, we are sticking to thousands and thousands of people, they are really behind us. We were responsible for transformation in football in this country and we had the first inter-racial football game during apartheid. We've always been the thorn in the side of government.